Canada’s first prime minister was a spymaster who fought terrorism, an economic protectionist who shielded Western development, a PM who centralized power, and a complicated political figure who is still relevant today. That’s the underlying message in the new book, Macdonald at 200: New Reflections and Legacies, edited by Roger Hall, a professor emeritus of history at Western University, and Patrice Dutil, a professor of politics and public administration at Ryerson University. It’s a fascinating read. The book, which brings together 18 scholars and specialists, takes a fresh look at Sir John A. Macdonald’s record from the viewpoint of modern interests and “extracts a multi-dimensional portrait of the man.”
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